2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 6:23 PM by Niel
flash121 Level 1 Level 1

I just got a new macbook, should i be concerned with an antivirus soft wear? Does it come with some sort of trial?


MacBook Pro
Solved by John Galt on Jan 16, 2013 6:26 PM Solved

Your MacBook already includes everything it needs to protect itself from viruses and malware. It's part of the cost of a Mac. There is no need to purchase anything else.

 

Most commercial OS X anti-virus utilities are 100% junk and will just separate you from your money.

 

Your Mac is designed to be used, not pampered. Use it. Keep your system up to date and be vigilant about phishing scams. That is all you need to do to keep your Mac safe.

 

Read:

 

OS X: About Gatekeeper

 

OS X Mountain Lion: Protect your Mac from malware

Reply by Niel on Jan 16, 2013 6:23 PM Helpful

You don't need any separate antivirus product unless you're running Windows; Mac OS X has its own defences. If you want one anyway, use ClamXav or Sophos; any Mac OS X antivirus software which actually costs money should be avoided.

 

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  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8

    Your MacBook already includes everything it needs to protect itself from viruses and malware. It's part of the cost of a Mac. There is no need to purchase anything else.

     

    Most commercial OS X anti-virus utilities are 100% junk and will just separate you from your money.

     

    Your Mac is designed to be used, not pampered. Use it. Keep your system up to date and be vigilant about phishing scams. That is all you need to do to keep your Mac safe.

     

    Read:

     

    OS X: About Gatekeeper

     

    OS X Mountain Lion: Protect your Mac from malware

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10

    You don't need any separate antivirus product unless you're running Windows; Mac OS X has its own defences. If you want one anyway, use ClamXav or Sophos; any Mac OS X antivirus software which actually costs money should be avoided.

     

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